crossovert (14134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
for stone, this isn’t one of the better ones. It is weak for a Belgian IPA, nothing is coherent. BillWyce (1116) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Pours a very bubbly clear amber color with a 2-finger ivory colored head. Aroma is piney, with an earthy note and some mild spice underneath. Palate was very smooth and balanced. Refreshing. Piney hops flavor, but far less aggressive than what Stone usually produces. As ot warms, the hops recede and an earthy, yeasty note comes forward with a mild aftertaste reminiscent of apricots. Very complex and unlike anything else I’ve had. Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured clear gold with a white head that lasted the short life of the beer. aroma was citrus, passion fruit, orange, and a touch of pine. flavor was pretty much the same as the aroma with a light body and fizzy carbonation. ddemmingjr (890) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
On tap at the Winking Lizard. Pours a deep, clear golden. Good carbonation and sticky white head and lacing on the glass. Sweet Belgian yeast, pepper and funk on the nose. Rich, wheaty mouthfeel but ends smooth on the palate. Fruity yeast and a bit of spice kick adds a nuance to this Belgian IPA. I’m a big fan. StormCoat (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Picked up a bottle from Bi-Rite Market in San Diego, California; tasted it from a tulip glass. Pours clear golden with a fizzy white head that leaves light lacing. Nice aroma of mild hops and a sweet, clove-and-cinnamon spiciness. Flavors are very nicely balanced between the bitterness of the hops and the bready, spicy flavor of the Belgian yeast, with a really nice, fruity juiciness throughout that is a bit wine-like. A lingering aftertaste of mellow bitterness, spice, grapefruit, and apple... Medium-bodied with a slightly oily, and very smooth mouthfeel. This is a really well-balanced and drinkable beer. Tasty and very interesting.
Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
Cellaring a bit perhaps has made the yeast fall away,so we get an understated IPA, a nice bitterness: lemoney, very drinkable. I could drink this often, just short of astringency. Liked it, though not overally complex or extraordinary IPA. Lasting significant head. ajd6c8 (70) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 I’m not really sure where Stone gets the "IPA" vibe from; this beer is straight up Belgian. Very fruity with (obviously) an above average hop back for the style. But nothing you’ve never had before if you are familiar with Belgians. Misnomer aside, it’s well done for a California brewery. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Duvel glass coaxes a fine channel of carbonation through a clear, deep amber body beneath a fading, soapy white head. Incredibly floral aroma with lavender being prominent. Yes. I used to enjoy munching those little lavender pressed-sugar candies and this is right on the money. Seriously perfumed, so much as to make my nose twitch. Gentle cheese yeasts eventually make their way through that garden with a bitter backing of hops which seems more German than the PNWs I was expecting. Flavor is intriguing in its layers, starting with hops (both grassily bitter and grapefruitily citric) and finishing on pungent, bittersweet flower petals floating on honeyed orange juice. In all, Cali-België has an almost otherworldly uniqueness. If I could not call this a "beer", I’d call it a potion. Or an elixir. I never imagined I’d write this in a review, but this brew is magically delicious. ~~~~~~~~ The beer I selected for my 42nd birthday, 22 oz. bomber from Kenwood Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL. hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle etching says enjoy by 3/24/11. Pours a very clear and bright golden/banana yellow with two fingers of frothy foam and good carbonation. Great lacing! The nose is rich and complex. A well balanced malt strikes first with classic Belgian ale notes of coriander and banana but there is an extra crisp element to it. It doesn’t come across like a classic IPA would but I can definitely detect an element of hoppiness to go along with it. Medium bodied. Coats the entire palate but not in a heavy manner. Carbonation seems a bit low. The palate is very interesting. It comes across as more half Belgian golden ale and half IPA than does the nose. The hops stay with you the entire way but don’t dominate at all. They give only a very mild resiny quality but manage to be bright and crisp without being overwhelmingly bitter. You still get enough coriander and malty sweetness to remind you of the Belgian influence. The finish is fairly clean and smooth. Very drinkable. This is a neat beer. Unique but not overly impressive. I’m not disappointed but I was expecting a bit more. HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2014 A nice take on a style that I’m not overly enamored with. Nose is slightly sweet with notes of pepper, pineapple, a bit of mango possibly, and pine. Taste leans towards slightly sweet pale malts, a bit of the aforementioned pineapple (not tart), and Belgian yeast spice notes. Pretty clean, fairly easy to drink, not very bitter on the finish. A good beer to get Belgophiles into IPAs without throwing them into the deep end.